Open enrollment allowed for some eighth-graders

April 30, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Parents of children now in eighth grade who believe their children will be redistricted to a different high school for their sophomore year can apply to enroll them in that high school for 1995-1996, the Howard County School Board said Thursday night.

The decision was prompted by a number of parents who have expressed interest in being able to send their children to the same high school all four years.

The school system is scheduled to redistrict the secondary schools next winter for the 1996-1997 school year, when two additional high schools are expected to open.

School system officials said there is no guarantee that boundaries will be redrawn as parents predict and that parents who apply for open enrollment are gambling where their children will be assigned for 1996-1997.

School officials said they also will determine if the open enrollment of the eighth-graders would create an undue hardship at the receiving high school before approving the applications.

Although students enrolled in high schools other than the ones to which they are assigned would not be eligible for transportation, they would be permitted to participate in athletics and other activities.

The deadline to apply is May 19, the same deadline for open enrollment applications for elementary and middle schools. River Hill High School was excluded from the board's decision.

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